Joe Coffee Porter | Philadelphia Brewing Company

Joe Coffee PorterJoe Coffee Porter
280 Ratings
Joe Coffee PorterJoe Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by gdfan47 on 01-17-2009

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Photo of Khazadum
2.41/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hmmm, it isn't exactly creamy for a cap, but it isn't bubbly. We have this almost creamy, off-white cap sitting on top. It reminds me of fine sandpaper, you can see the tiny individual particles rather than being a clean sheet of paper.

The retention time is fantastic, It always has a minimum one millimeter of cap at all times. My favorite type of lacing, solid curtains all the way down. Carbonation is definitely hidden in the dark body. It is similarly colored to soy sauce, near impenetrable to light except when viewed at the right angle with diminished volumes.

Exciting for me... coffee! It is a common coffee smell that I've noticed more and more beers to contain. It reminds me of day after Folgers brand coffee that went cold because you didn't drink it that morning. Minor hop presence gives it some bitter similarities to what coffee is offering. One problem exists... A sharp nature surrounds the coffee. It reminds me of organic solvents such as acetone or ethanol. More closely related to acetone mixtures than anything else.

Flavor Profile
Something went wrong in this beer. I had the gal take a sip to see if it is just me. The opening is exactly like the nose. Freeze dried coffee that you served over ice. Some sweet nature that reminds me of table sugar more than anything else.

A moment after the coffee there is an explosion of chemical natures. It is acetone, metallic, iron, copper, and hints of ethanol burn. I literally gag. I can only minimize its presence by taking minutes between drinks. I can't drink this too fast for fear of my tongue jumping out of my skull. The finish is bitter coffee notes with make-up remover splashed into it.

Oral Sensations
Thin, very very thin. This is the definition of watery. When people want to know what water tastes like, they offer this up as an example. The flavors rip and slash unwillingly, but never linger for more than a few seconds which is a blessing. It truly has no characteristics that benefit it. This feels like a lager gone soft with coffee. Least its carbonated well.

Perhaps this is a coffee stout or porter that has been mistreated. It has a unbelievably thin body, watery to disappointment, flavors that can't overcome the oxidation, and a vision that offered promise.

The alcohol isn't a problem, can't be more than five percent. I'd definitely not want to try this particular bottle again. I'd like to try this fresh, though. I feel it isn't a good bottle to judge this on, even though I drank about eight ounces of it... what am I judging exactly? Well that is Philadelphia Brewing Joe Coffee Porter!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark chocolate on the pour appears basic black in the glass. The head is mocha colored, about a finger in height, with a spongey like structure that is rather quick to dissipate. Lacing is a thin ring with some trials, nothing to get excited about.

S: Wasn't to impressed here, Joe coffee is a weak watered down version of folgers in a can affair. No fresh roastiness perhaps with flashes of dark fruit but the overall strength is light and leaves much to be desired, hardly raising an eyebrow with little expectations. A good coffee as well a coffee stout should deliver that fresh sense of roastiness that perks you up even before the first sip in anticipation, this did not do that.

T: Some roastedness comes about to the rescue. Flavor upgrades to Dunkin Donought status. Freshly roasted beans stays behind briefly on the tongue. Dark fruit of prunes, some alcohol and bitterness ensures on the swallow. Moderate coffee presence but starbucks it is not.

M: Decent feel, near medium consistency with a fairly viscose feel when wrestled with the tongue. Nil carbonation, but otherwise rather lackluster, again raising little awareness.

D: Joe Coffee is for the average joe coffee/porter drinker. It wont wow you over but will give you the quick fix if you in so need of it and like coffee porters middle of the road with a decent sense for repeat.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an unimpressive 1f tan head that fades quickly to ring, over a deep brown body with orange edges. No lacing.

Aroma is terrific - smells just like a bowl of chocolate covered espresso beans. Roasty, with lightly sweet malty quality.

Relatively thin on the palate, with flavors of chocolate malt, roasted coffee beans, bitter bark, and hint of tart citrus in the way back. Carbonation was good, but finish was just a little on the watery side.

Drinkability was pretty good - an easy drinker for a coffee porter, but not quite as smooth as what you might expect from others in the American Porter style.

I wish there was a score for "value" because this one would get a 5. This is the most affordable beer I've found in the style, and a pretty darn good representation of what you'd expect from a "coffee porter".

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Photo of pvsob
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head fades very quickly and leaves some lacing. Minor highlights.

S- Deep roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hints of smoke, and some faint fruitiness. Little to no hop aroma.

T- Charred malt and chocolate upfront followed by coffee and hops in the middle. Has a nice finish that melds coffee and malt flavors rather nicely.

M- This beer has a medium feel with moderate levels of carbonation.

D/O- Nothing really jumps out at me while drinking this beer, but then again I can't say there's anything really wrong with it either. This is a tasty little, session-able American Porter. I will definitely revisit this beer in the future. If you enjoy a little coffee with your Porter, give this beer a try. Well done PBC. Cheers.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from dashirey. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head fizzles (loudly) down to a skim, with average lacing. Aroma is coffee, but somewhat thinly.

Taste starts chocolate sweet, goes coffee in the middle, and fades into some lightly acrid bitterness to close. Bit of a sour note in there too. Mouthfeel is a bit slickery, and drinkability is okay as well. Not bad, but nothing real stand-out for me.

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Photo of fishacura
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

OK but I have had better. Thought the carbonation was way too high, particularly for a porter. Head didn't hold well. Taste was not bad but I thought the blend was not there (seemed like two distinct & beer versus a well blended flavor of the two)

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Photo of stakem
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me begin this review by giving a full warning/disclosure. I strongly question this beers consistency. I purchased an entire case of joe coffee porter to share with friends and it has been one of the most inconsistent experiences I have ever had from one bottle to the next. Some bottles are a bit tangy with a citrus character that is almost borderline lactic. Yet other bottles seem more like a milk stout with quite a bit of residual sweetness with an addition of coffee. Quite strange how all of this is happening from a case that has been exposed to the same environmental changes. My review is based on a random bottle I choose from the middle of the case.

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Joe coffee appears a dark brown color with a finger of tan head that slowly receeds leaving legs of lace about the glass. The edges of this brew show fairly decent lighter brown colored clarity.

The aroma of this brew is mostly dominated by the scent of coffee with a slight musty touch and some roasty grain playing in the background. The hops come across with a bit of a citrus twang. There is a sugary sweetness about this brew that is borderline vinous and quite out of place for the style. As it warms there is a light touch of licorice noted.

The taste of this brew is dark roasty malt, lightly bitter with a fresh incorporation of coffee flavoring. There is a citrus hop character here that comes off as being a bit tangy. It has a dry roasted character that lingers in the mouth. As it warms, there is a bit of a vinous quality about it that tastes like fruity alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. At times this brew comes across as being a bit chalky with the grain residing in the mouth. For 5% abv it is hidden quite well.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color, with a tan head. In the aroma, small sweet malt and a hint of coffee. In the taste, roasty and sweet, almost creamy, like a milk stout, a hint of coffee and a small hop. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee roast in the aftertaste. More hops and roasty malt than coffee, ok, but eh! at the same time.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, a good sessionable coffee porter. There's a big, deep roasted flavor, like espresso. There are hints of dark toast, cocoa, and bitter black grains around the coffee. The beer has a bit of body to it, but I wouldn't mind having several bottles. The aroma reminds me more of fresh ground beans. While there isn't a ton of beer grain character, they did a great job of presenting the coffee. Check this out.

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Photo of Soonami
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Philadelphia Brewing Company does make many beers that I particularly like, but Joe Coffee Porter is definitely the exception. This is a beer that really enjoy drinking and although it isn't the best example of an American Porter, it is an easy drinking full-flavored beer with a nice jolt of coffee. The roast and caramel flavors from the malt are well developed in the beer and complement the coffee well. If you like coffee porter/stouts, this is a beer to try.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 16 ounce shaker pint.

A - A nice dark porter with a tan head about a finger thick.

S - Coffee... Nice, strong coffee hits the nose.

T - Nice range of flavors here. Some chocolate malts, a nice sweetness with the coffee flavor hanging over it all. On the finish some more sweet malt kicks up before the coffee taste rounds out the finish and lingers into the aftertste.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbed.

D - A nice, easy drinking brew. Has the ABV of a brown porter with the coffee making the beer bring the robust flavors of a robust variety, along with an interesting layeer of flavor that makes me want more.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to victory4me for hooking me up with a bottle on my way out of his house on Sunday. Poured it into my tulip glass...

Dark brown in color, the pour doesn't produce much head, but it does give a hand-pump-like cascading bubbling on a much smaller scale. No lacing at all.

The aroma is great for a coffee porter. I was struck immediately by the very natural coffee aromas that coupled in with a good roasty character. There is also an undertone of bittersweet dark chocolate. The taste follows suit closely, accentuating the roastiness of the coffee. The coffee also gives some signature coffee bitterness that goes nicely with the dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that is really my only gripe with this beer. The carbonation is a touch low, but the texture seems to lend itself to lower levels of carbonation. Insanely drinkable due to the taste and texture, not to mention the low ABV. This could be a go-to this winter.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 3+ finger head. Very good retention, and thick lacing left on glass. Color is black.

S. Smell is roasted malt, chocolate malt, chocolate, coffee. Surprisignly the coffee smell wasnt all that strong. Nice accent to the other smells going on. Has a bit of a sweet smell to it.

T. Coffee and roastedness come out in the taste. The bitter coffee flavors balance out some of the sweetness from the malt. Has a bit of a smokey quality to it. Pretty smooth.

M. I like the mouthfeel on this. It has a medium/full body to it. Bit of lingering sweetness. Medium carbonation.

D. Drinkable. This is a straightforward well balanced porter. The coffee smells and flavors don't overpower, leaving a pretty damn good porter.

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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by coffee. Taste is also mostly of coffee, a bit of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent beer.

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Photo of errantnight
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A beautiful deep brown to black with a thick creamy head, excellent lacing and retention.

Aroma is a subdued but still relatively fresh smelling coffee backed by light roast malt.

On the palate it's just a tad plain, it's medium to thin in body, and there's little malt complexity, a tad of cracker sweetness in the back half and a dull coffee note, but mostly this just tastes faintly acrid (nothing assaultive).

It was super easy to consume, and nothing unpleasant, but the good was mild, subdued, and easy to pass on. Would drink again, but wouldn't seek out or purchase.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Joe Coffee Porter has a nice look to it; the body is almost black and opaque while the finger-thick, brown head is very creamy looking. The head has pretty good retention and leaves behind some decent lacing.

The aroma is packed with mostly coffee, with some caramel-like sweet malts and some roasted characteristics.

Joe Coffee Porter's flavor is pretty reminiscent of the aroma. A pretty solid amount of coffee that is packed up with a bit of roasted malt and a significant amount of sweet, toffee flavored malts.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid, with a creamy feel and a moderate carbonation.

Not a bad porter, and generally a pretty good deal for the price.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle on 12/24/09.

A - pours a pitch black with just a ring of bubbles around the glass

S - roasted coffee, its like cold coffee in the morning

T - same as aroma, its like drinking a cold cup of joe

M - smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation

D - although I wouldn't drink alot of it, I would like it often when i'm in the mood for a coffee beer

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Photo of magine
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black (coffee) color. Has a tan head that is thick and creamy, then fades quick. Head settles to a lace island. Has some lace.

Brew smells of coffee beans, roasted malts, chocolate. Big roasted coffee nose.

Brew is thinner then expected in the mouthfeel, but is very flavorful. Huge coffee flavors, roasted malts. Some chocolate notes. Near smoke flavor. Has a very crisp thin feel initially; finishes dry and slightly bitter. Not as creamy or as thick as I had hoped, but still a smooth drink. Slight peppery carbonation on the tongue as well.

This is a very drinkable bodied brew. Has a good taste and a thin enough mouthfeel that you could easily session it. For me I am not a huge coffee drinker, so I am not sure if I could session several of these all night. Good, but maybe as a change up dark brew to offer rather then a traditional porter or stout. With so many great and excellent dark brews this wouldnt be a must buy again for me... but as I said I am not a coffee drinker.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krisandajt for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is a dark cola color, more brown than black when viewed up close. From afar, black rules the day. A two finger off-white head (just barely off-white) is lacing nicely.

S: The nose is full of coffee, bitter and sweet. Under the java, a dose of chocolate adds to the sweetness.

T: Interesting first sip that seems to not want to take a stance. A bit of coffee, a dash of porter but not much cohesion. Roasted malts are plentiful, dosed with chocolate. Coffee hangs around in the background, emerging gradually as the ale warms. Part and parcel with the coffee is an acrid bitterness that grows on me. The porter stands out near the end of each sip.

M: The mouthfeel picks up as time passes but it generally doesn't get me too excited.

D: Not my favorite coffee porter by any stretch (especially when I had a Devil Over A Barrel earlier today).

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AdamGarcia for hookin it up.
Poured into my Guinness mug.

A: Pours pitch black with brown tints around the edges. Nice 2 fingers of khaki foam fades medium-quick leaving a plenty of lacing all over the sides, and a medium-thin layer of head sitting on top.

S: Smells like coffee and roasted barley. A little bit of mild fruit aroma is present.

T: Very heavy bitter coffee up front. Chocolate present too. More fruit present than in the nose.

M: Incredibly smooth. Could stand to be slightly more carbonated. Bitterness is spot on. Almost perfect.

D: Very tasty and refreshing. Hard to give anything with coffee in it a perfect score though. Nice.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with a decent coco head. Looks impressive.
S - Not as bitter coffee smell as expected hope the flavor delivers.
T - Not too bad! Granted it's not the best (or worst) but it defiantly tastes like cheap coffee and the flavor lasts and lasts...
M - This is where it falls apart as the porter part kicks in an leaves me with a bitter unsatisfying finish. Sad I wanted to love this.
D - Well it was a good trial for a coffee beer but I will stick with my Cappuccino Stout.

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Photo of biglite351
2.47/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - slight red brown around the edges. Large dropping head.

S - semi strong, unpleasant sent. Bityer.

T - sort of tastes like cheap coffers. Oddly not bitter considering the smell.

M - coats nicely, mild tingle on the rear sides of the tongue.

D - I would have to pass as you get a shot of that scent each time that you take a drink.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one has quickly become one of my favorite session beers. A well balanced porter with a modest ABV and some really great roast character. It pours a very deep brown with some slightly lighter highlights. The chocolatey mocha head maintains its shape pretty well. A respectable lace sticks around also.

Great nose; roasty up front with tones of milk chocolate and fresh black coffee. Some sticky, sweet molasses pokes through along with a hint of licorice.

Lots of big roasty flavor but balanced with semi-sweet chocolate and molasses. The primary impression is definitely coffee but not overwhelmingly so. A distinct creamy character and faintly detectable hops.

Smooth and medium bodied with a slick feel on the tongue and some very fine textured carbonation. In terms of drinkability, I would definitely consider it high even for the style. A lower ABV, flavorful, and a mouthfeel that doesn't become monotonous add up to a great session ale in my opinion. To be fair this IS coming from a guy who drinks, probably what most people would consider, an absurd amount of coffee. In any case.... I like it a lot.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, dark as a cup of coffee. With about 1 inch of foamy head. Smells like a dark cup of mocha. Creamy coffee like taste. Chocolate malts and smooth creamy flavor. Very flavorful porter. No real hop profile. Going nicely with a doughnut.

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Photo of samie85
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a midnight black with a cappuccino-colored head.

S-Smells of coffee, rich chocolate, and vanilla. One of the better smelling coffee beers I've had yet; it has me drooling in anticipation of the taste.

T-It tastes exactly like a cup of black coffee with some sugar in it. Roasty, but not overpowering, and chocolate notes dominate here with a big coffee aftertaste.

M-This is where a lot of other coffee beers I've had have suffered, and this is no exception. I've noticed that brewing with coffee tends to really thin out a beer's mouthfeel. It kind of kills the mouthfeel for me. I want this to be slick and a little thick, and that's happening a little with this beer, but not quite enough. I take it all back... It's been warming up significantly and the mouthfeel has really improved being at a warmer temperature. I will adjust my score on mouthfeel accordingly.

D-The taste wasn't exactly my thing, but I respect what they went for with this one. However, it is decent to drink and I will be sure to recommend this to any coffee lover.

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Joe Coffee Porter from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 280 ratings
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